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Sunday, 27 December 2020

Playlist - Dec 27th 2020

The Dayna Stephens Quartet: Smoking Gun from Right Now! (Contagious Music)

Mauro Gargano: Nuages from Nuages (DigginMusic)

Chord Four: eii30 v2 from Bigger Smaller Nows (self-released)

Elina Duni & Rob Luft: Flying Kites from Lost Ships (ECM)

Alberto Pinton Trio: Never There Intro from All the Difference (Clear Now)

Alberto Pinton Trio: Dark from All the Difference (Clear Now)

Karin Nakagawa, Hans Tutzer & Paolino Dalla Porta: Colors of Autumn from Tamayura (Losen)

Santi Quintans’ Tiptrick : Clouds from Kiss the Joy (Yolk)

James Carney Sextet: Inharmonicity from Pure Heart (Sunnyside)

Alberto Pinton Trio: In Sight from All the Difference (Clear Now)

Dalgoo: Eens Oneens from Liberte' Egalite, Fraternite (Jazzwerkstatt)

The John Rae Trio: 5th Avenue from Where the Wild Clematis Grow (Thick)

The John Rae Trio: Where the Wild Clematis Grow from Where the Wild Clematis Grow (Thick)

Tani Tabbal Trio: Oh See OC Revisited from Now Then (Tao Forms)

Mauro Gargano: L’Isola di Arturo from Nuages (Diggin Music)

Tania Giannouli Trio: Night Flight from In Fading Light (Rattle)

Dalgoo: Listopad from Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (Jazzwerkstatt)

Joshua Jaswon Octet: Maurice from Silent Sea (Ubuntu Music)


Sunday, 20 December 2020

Pete's Pick of 2020

In a year of lockdowns, bubbles and covidiots, one thing has remained constant. The supply of creative jazz. In fact it gets more and more difficult to make a final selection. That said, here are the ten albums that have given me the greatest pleasure over the past 12 months, ranging from trio to tentet. Together with an appendix of other albums I wouldn’t be without….

 

Potsa Lotsa XL - Silk Songs for Space Dogs (Leo).

Potsa Lotsa XL is a ten piece ensemble led by saxophonist Silke Eberhard and harbours some top names from the Berlin scene, including trombonist Gerhard Gschlossl, cellist Johannes Fink and the excellent Taiko Saito, whose vibraphone adds a unifying hue to the music on this album.

Silke’s music is influenced by the work of Eric Dolphy. In fact an earlier album from the smaller Potsa Lotsa featured the complete Dolphy songbook. 

On Silk Songs for Space Dogs we have eight originals from the leader, often with striking arrangements. You can also hear a touch of Mingus (check out Silke’s work with the trio I Am Three, also on Leo Records) and shades of New Dutch Swing. And during lockdown I saw Potsa Lotsa XL ‘live’ at a couple of online Festivals. They served to reinforce the fact that this is a classy ensemble.

Last August, Silke received the Berlin Jazz Award. And now Pete’s Pick. It seems like the accolades keep coming!

 

Henri Texier - Chance (Label Bleu).

Another tour de force from the veteran French bass player, a musician who has graced the jazz stage for over 50 years….and has performed with many seminal figures on the scene. 

On his new release Chance, he brings along the same band that appeared on his previous album Sand Woman, an album that was one of my Picks of 2018. The two albums differ in that on the earlier release, all the compositions were by the leader, whereas here, all five musicians contribute.

As always, Henri’s playing is fluid, melodic and deceptively effortless. His son, Sebastien splits his time between clarinets and alto saxophone and Vincent Le Quang between tenor and soprano saxophones. Long-time associate Manu Codjia is on guitar and Gautier Garrigue, drums. And, as with many of Henri Texier’s albums, Chance comes adorned with the atmospheric photography of Guy Le Querrec.

 

Lucia Cadotsch – Speak Low II (We Jazz)

Lucia is one of the most interesting female vocalists on the European scene, not only in the quality of her voice, but in the settings she places it and the music she chooses. Speak Low II follows the acclaimed Speak Low released in 2016, and features the same band, with Otis Sandsjo on sax and Petter Eldh on bass.

Here there is a mix of standards, traditional and popular songs, from Kurt Weill to Randy Newman. The arrangements are far from ordinary, with Petter's throbbing bass and Otis’s quirky, sometimes anguished approach to the saxophone adding an edge to proceedings. Some tracks add guests Kit Downes on Hammond organ and Lucy Railton on cello.

Speak Low 2 was recorded in Berlin….where the Swiss vocalist is now based. Which may account for the sense of dark cabaret which pervades this recording.


Dinosaur - To the Earth (Edition).

The quartet Dinosaur comprises Laura Jurd, Elliot Galvin, Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick, four musicians that have had a major impact on the UK scene over the past decade.

It’s the band’s third album, but unlike the first two, this is more of an acoustic outing. Not totally acoustic, but electronics are used judiciously. On occasion trumpeter Laura picks up the mute. She also features the fluegelhorn and tenor horn (a first on record for her I believe).

The album harbours five memorable originals from Laura, one jointly credited piece, plus a take on Billy Strayhorn’s Absinthe. There is humour throughout and nods to earlier forms of jazz (maybe not surprising considering Laura’s work with Chris Batchelor).

I recently saw the band perform at the virtual Cambridge Jazz Festival where they had a chance to stretch out on some of these numbers, confirming that this particular reptile is far from extinct.

 

chuffDRONE - Re:Actio / Actio (JazzWerkstatt).

One of the great pleasures of hosting a jazz radio show is coming across an artist or band that make you really stop and listen. Such was the case with chuffDRONE , a quintet from Vienna.

Their new album came my way at the beginning of the year, following their eponymous debut in 2018. In fact it’s a concurrent release of a CD and an LP with one track common to both. The seven track CD is titled Re:Actio, the four track LP Actio, with titles alluding to Newtons 3rd Law.

And even though composing duties are shared, there is a common style. It comes across as a kind of suite, with a touch of theatre and an underlying sense of mystery. Some of it reminds me a little of the music produced by that other Viennese stalwart, Max Nagl. Reed duties are split between Lisa Hofmaninger and Robert Schrock, with Jul Dillier on piano, Judith Ferstl bass and Judith Schwarz drums.

I was most impressed. So much so, that I ordered a copy of their first album. You can find Re-Actio  and Actio on the Jazzwerkstatt imprint, the Austrian label with that name not the German one.

 

Jasper Hoiby - Planet B (Edition).

Another ensemble led by a bassist. This time a trio. And an album with a strong political message about the state of our planet, whether it be the ecological crisis we’re facing, or issues around human interaction, all topics close to Jasper’s heart.

Jasper’s compositions allow plenty of space for Josh Arcoleo to show what an excellent saxophonist he is. Here Josh takes things out a little further than I’ve heard before. And Marc Michel’s impassioned drumming stokes the fire box. The music is interspersed with voice and sound samples to emphasise the underlying theme.

Planet B was one of the highlights of the 2018 Cambridge International Jazz Festival and the promo blurb indicates this is the first of four albums over the next four years. It would be nice if they could link each release with a visit to Cambridge.

 

Vincent Courtois, Robin Fincker & Daniel Erdmann - Love of Life (Label La Buissonne).

Mainly original music performed by the international trio of Vincent Courtois, cello, Robin Fincker tenor sax and clarinets and Daniel Erdmann tenor sax. Music inspired by the life and works of Jack London and recorded in Oakland, California, where the writer lived. In fact the album cover shows an image taken from an outdoor performance at the Jack London State Park.

Chamber jazz is the term that often is used to describe small group acoustic outings where there are classical overtones. However it doesn’t imply formality, especially not here, where the trio can slip into the blue, free up time or swing like crazy, often when least expected. Check out their take on the only non-original, Am I Blue.

It’s the trio’s third outing on record. Their first used the fairground for inspiration, their second, film music. One wonders where next. And if this clicks with you, then why not check out the trio Reverso (see below) where Vincent shares the stage with trombonist Ryan Keberle and pianist Frank Woeste.

 

Alberto Pinton Trio – All The Difference (Clear Now).

Imagine. The wonderfully rich sound of Alberto Pinton’s baritone saxophone underpinned by the strummed bass of Vilhelm Bromander and decorated with the loose drumming of Konrad Agnas. Who could resist?

Just one scenario on an album that was a late arrival on this list, coming my way mid-December. Elsewhere Alberto picks up clarinet, bass clarinet and alto flute, adding variety to the eleven originals.

The Italian reedsman has been a mainstay on the Swedish scene for over two decades and has graced many ensembles, from the Bohuslan Big Band to the quartet Dog Out. He’s someone who deserves to be better known. Let’s hope this latest outing does the trick.


I.P.A. - Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform).

It’s the fifth outing from the stellar Scandi quintet, their second on Cuneiform. Atle Nymo sax, Magnus Broo trumpet, Mattias Stahl, vibes, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, bass and Hakon Mjaset Johansen, drums. Three Norwegians and two Swedes, all with impressive CV’s, having performed with outfits such as Atomic, Motif and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

A band that began its life paying homage to Don Cherry, but has now moved to create their own loose style, mining that fertile territory between post-bop and free.  

Atle tells me that they started as a trio, hence the initials, and added Magnus in 2008 and more recently Mattias. And there is a link with beer, albeit only in the sound of Magnus’ surname. And if you’ve not encountered them before, then this album would be the perfect place to start. It’s also a contender for album title of the year.

 

Daniel Bingert: Berit in Space (Moserobie).

An album that doubles as a warm blanket. Shades of Miles Davis and Oliver Nelson from a sextet led by composer, arranger and conductor Daniel Bingert. It’s a band that features top musicians from the Swedish scene, namely saxophonists Per ‘Texas’ Johansson and Jonas Kullhammar, trumpeter Karl Olandersson, pianist Charlie Malmberg, bass player Torbjörn Zetterberg and drummer Moussa Fadera.

Daniel Bingert was born in Stockholm, and spent some of his youth in Uruguay. He has worked in various musical settings including a Latin big band (with his father) and a jazz fusion trio. And although he is also a bass player, he leaves bass duties on Berit in Space in the capable hands of Torbjorn Z. 

The music herein eschews Latin and fusion and comes across as a 21st Century take on classic 50’s jazz, with some memorable compositions from the leader and the sextet often sounding like a larger ensemble.

Finally congratulations must go to Jonas Kullhammar and his Moserobie label who have been documenting the Scandinavian scene for twenty years. Here’s looking forward to another twenty.


…and…as always…more 2020 releases that I wouldn’t be without:

Susan Alcorn – Pedernal (Relative Pitch); Reverso - The Melodic Line (Out Note); Linley Hamilton Quintet - For the Record (Teddy D); Matt Ulery - Pollinator (Woolgathering); Serge Lazarevitch, Ben Sluijs & Teun Verbruggen - Still Three, Still Free (RAT); Michal Tomaszczyk & Petter Olofsson - Sketches from the North (self); Graham South Quartet – By and By (Efpi); Christoph Irniger Trio with Loren Stillman & Nils Wogram - Open City (Intakt); Maria Faust Sacrum Facere - Organ (Stunt); Andrea Grossi Blend Orchestra - Four Winds (We Insist); Keith Jarrett – Budapest Concert (ECM); Obradovic Tixier Duo - Stories of a Smoking Kettle (Naim); Jorge Roeder – El Suelo Mio (self); Moonmot – Going Down the Well (Unit); Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra – If You Listen Carefully the Music is Yours (Moserobie); Fred Hersch – Songs From Home (Palmetto); Waldemar 4 – The Buoy and the Sea (AMP); Nick Finzer – Cast of Characters (Outside In Music); Roberto Ottaviano – Resonance & Rhapsodies (Dodicilune); Misha Mullov Abbado – Dream Circus (Edition); Torbjorn Zetterberg & Den Stora Fragan – Are You Happy? (Moserobie); Calum Gourlay Quartet – New Ears (Ubuntu); Mihaly Borbely Quartet – Grenadilla (BMC); Geof Bradfield, Ben Goldberg & Dana Hall – General Semantics (Delmark); Samo Salamon & Friends - Almost Alone Vol 1 (Samo); Clover - Vert Emeraude (Yolk); Dylan Jack Quartet -The Tale of the Twelve Foot Man (Creative Nation Music); Giovanni Falzone Open Quartet - L’albero Delle Fate (Parco Della Musica); Convergence – Convergence (self)


Sunday, 13 December 2020

Playlist - Dec 13th / 14th 2020

Walter Smith III, Matthew Stevens, Micah Thomas, Linda May Han Oh & Nate Smith: Opera from In Common 2 (Whirlwind)

Walter Smith III, Matthew Stevens, Micah Thomas, Linda May Han Oh & Nate Smith: Roy Allen from In Common 2 (Whirlwind)

Tara Minton: Eugenie from Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid (Lateralize)

Michael Feinberg: Pontiac from From Where We Came (SteepleChase)

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Sanzenin from Data Lords  (Artist Share)

LAN Trio: Juroom from Atlantico (Edition)

Keith Jarrett: Part V from Budapest Concert (ECM)

Keith Jarrett: Part VI from Budapest Concert (ECM)

Balance: Carolling from For We Know in Part (BMC)

Michal Tomaszczyk & Petter Olofsson: Landscapes from Sketches from the North (self-released)

Melissa Acchiardi, Christophe Gauvert, Clement Gibert, Guillaume Greanard & Christian Rollet: Something Sweet, Something Tender from InDolphylites (ARFI)

Melissa Acchiardi, Christophe Gauvert, Clement Gibert, Guillaume Greanard & Christian Rollet: Quelque Chose de Doux, Quelque Chose de Tendre from InDolphylites (ARFI)

Francois Houle 4: Big Time Felter from Recoder (Songlines)

Tania Giannouli Trio: Ingravida from In Fading Light (Rattle)

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Braided Together from Data Lords (Artist Share)

Maria Chiara Argiro & Jamie Leeming: Opening from Flow (Cavalo)

Maria Chiara Argiro & Jamie Leeming: Kosetsu from Flow (Cavalo)

Emily Kuhn: Fit from Sky Stories (BACE)

Leo Genovese, Mariano Otero & Sergio Verdinelli: 3 Grooves from Sin Tiempo (Ears & Eyes)

Mikkel Ploug: Varvise from Balcony Lullabies (Stunt)

Tara Minton: Undine Undying from Please Do Not Ignore The Mermaid (Lateralize)


Sunday, 22 November 2020

Playlist - Nov 22nd / 23rd 2020

Tom Smith: House in the Clouds from Gecko (Basho)

Susan Alcorn Quintet: Pedernal from Pedernal (Relative Pitch)

Serge Lazarevitch, Ben Sluijs & Teun Verbruggen: Evidence from Still Three, Still Free (RAT)

Skurkar: Tandemtrobbel from Skjulte Motiver (OraFonogram)

Sam Leak & Dan Tepfer: Adrift IV from Adrift (Jellymould Jazz)

Sam Leak & Dan Tepfer: Adrift V from Adrift (Jellymould Jazz)

Aquarium: Shy from Aquarium (Babel)

Susan Alcorn Quintet: Northeast Rising Sun from Pedernal (Relative Pitch)

Jeb Bishop Centrifugal Trio: Least Bittern from Jeb Bishop Centrifugal Trio (Astral Spirits)

Cyrus Nabipoor: What Is This from Live at the Marigny Opera House (self-released)

Eivind Austad New Orleans Trio: 724 Blues from That Feeling (Losen)

Misceo: Misceo from Better Word for Love (AMP Music & Records)

Tony Kofi: Work Song from Another Kind of Soul (The Last Music Co.)

Federica Michisanti Horn Trio: Purple from Jeux De Couleurs (Parco Della Musica)

Tom Smith: John & Alex from Gecko (Basho)

Serge Lazarevitch, Ben Sluijs & Teun Verbruggen: Law Years from Still Three, Still Free (RAT)

Michal Tomaszczyk & Petter Olofsson: Home from Sketches from the North (self-released)


Thursday, 12 November 2020

Jazz Today Online Playlist - Autumn 2020

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I.P.A.: Fem Skator from Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform). Atle Nymo, sax; Magnus Broo, trumpet; Mattias Stahl, vibes; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, bass; Hakon Mjaset Johansen, drums.

Maria Faust Sacrum Facere: Move from Organ (Stunt). Emanuele Maniscalco, organ; Maria Faust, Ned Ferm, sax; Francesco Bigoni, clarinet; Tobias Wiklund, trumpet; Mads Hyne, trombone, Jonatan, Ahlbom, tuba.

Lucia Cadotsch: Azure from Speak Low II (WeJazz). Lucia Cadotsch, vocals; Otis Sandsjo, sax; Kit Downes, organ; Petter Eldh, bass.

Graham South Quartet: Nobody Knows from By and By (Efpi), Graham South, trumpet; Richard Jones, piano; Seth Bennett, bass; Johnny Hunter, drums.

Christoph Irniger Trio with Loren Stillman & Nils Wogram: Open City from Open City (Intakt). Christoph Irniger, Loren Stillman, sax; Nils Wogram, trombone; Raffaele Bossard, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums.

Kullhammar / Heikinheimo / Meaas Svendsen / Aaltonen: Reflections from The Father, The Sons and The Junnu (Moserobie). Jonas Kullhammar, sax; Juhanni Aaltonen, flute; Christian Meaas Svebdsen, bass; Ilmari Heikinheimo, drums.

Geof Bradfield, Ben Goldberg, Dana Hall Trio: Last Important Heartbreak of the Year from General Semantics (Delmark). Geof Bradfield, sax; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Dana Hall, drums.

Fred Hersch: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from Songs From Home (Palmetto). Fred Hersch, piano.

Nick Finzer: Evolution of Perspective from Cast of Characters (Outside In Music). Nick Finzer, trombone; Lucas Pino, sax; Alex Wintz, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Dave Baron, bass; Jimmy Macbride, drums.

I.P.A.: Bamse from Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform). As above.

Roberto Ottaviano’s Extended Love & Eternal Love: Adelante from Resonance & Rhapsodies (Dodicilune). Roberto Ottaviano, sax; Marco Colonna, clarinet; Giorgio Pacorig, piano; Giovanni Maier, bass; Zeno de Rossi, drums.

Intro – Stephane Huchard: Jakawa Jungle Spoon from Toutakoustiks (Blue Note Fr

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Playlist - Nov 8th / 9th 2020

Nikolov-Ivanovic Undectet feat. Magic Malik: L’Etranger from Frame and Curiosity (Coolabel)

NoSax / NoClar: Moon from Kahmsin (Yolk)

Lucia Cadotsch: I Thinks its Gonna Rain Today from Speak Low II (We Jazz)

Geof Bradfield, Ben Goldberg, Dana Hall Trio: Last Important Heartbreak of the Year from General Semantics (Delmark)

Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy & Jamie Safir: You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart) from What’s New? (Silent Wish)

Tim Garland: Night Flight from Refocus (Edition)

Alice Zawadzki: Superior Virtue from Within You is a World of Spring (Whirlwind)

Rob Luft: Synesthesia from Life is the Dancer (Edition)

Fred Hersch: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from Songs From Home (Palmetto)

Julian Mekler Sexteto: Mambo Negro from Invasion! (Isla Desierta Discos)

Andrea Mellace: The City Ways from Scirocco (UR)

Samo Salamon & Friends: Crooswijk from Almost Alone Vol 1 (Samo)

Geof Bradfield, Ben Goldberg, Dana Hall Trio: 8 de Agosto from General Semantics (Delmark)

Victor Gelling 4: Das Nachsten- Dienstag Problem from Alpakafarm (Jazzhausmusik)

Samo Salamon & Friends: Monked from Almost Alone Vol 1 (Samo)

NoSax / NoClar: Rue Des Abeilles from Kahmsin (Yolk)

Doxas Brothers: Temporal from The Circle (Justin Time)
 
Intro / Outro – Stephane Huchard: Jakawa Jungle Spoon from Toutakoustiks (Blue Note Fr)

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Playlist - Oct 25th / 26th 2020

Tim Garland: I’m Late, I’m Late from Refocus (Edition)

Stefan Schultze Septet: Cha Cha No from Turbalento (WhyPlayJazz)

Julia Werup: Blackbird from The Thrill of Loving You (Stunt)

Rekon: Reefer Sadness from Rekon (self-released)

Nick Finzer: Evolution of Perspective from Cast of Characters (Outside In Music)

Daniel Herskedal: Ice Crystals from Call For Winter (Edition)

Rafael Pannier Quartet: Lonely Woman from Faune (French Paradox)

Maria Faust Sacrum Facere: Move from Organ (Stunt)

Gediminas Karkauskas: Not To Sugar Coat What Has Gone On Here from Lost Suite (Teddy D)

Bob Spice Quartet: Im Geast from In Der Schwebe (Trouble in the East)

BK3: Voyage from Think About It (Thick)

Q3: Sighting the Tiger from The Monkey Puzzle Tree (Lenox Music)

Daniel Herskedal: The Vernal Equinox from Call For Winter (Edition)

Rich Halley, Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio & Newman Taylor Baker: Vector from The Shape of Things (Pine Eagle)

Julia Werup: Take Five / I New York from The Thrill of Loving You (Stunt)

Ben Holmes: Swamplands Chusidl from Naked Lore (Chant)

Skurkar: Skurkar har ogsa folalser from Skjulte Motiver (Ora Fonogram)

Simon Moullier: Spirit Song from Spirit Song (Outside In Music)


Sunday, 11 October 2020

Playlist - Oct 11th / 12th 2020

Roberto Ottaviano's Extended Love & Eternal Love: Adelante from Resonance & Rhapsodies (Dodicilune)

Viktor Lundin: Lite Utanfor Flen from Innan Jag Somnar (AMP Music & Records)

Lucia Cadotsch: Azure from Speak Low 2 (WeJazz)

Yves Rousseau Septet: Abyssal Ecosystem from Fragments (Yolk)

Josephine Davies’ Satori: Ananda: Bliss from How Can We Wake ? (Whirlwind)

Josephine Davies’ Satori: Sutra 1 from How Can We Wake ? (Whirlwind)

David Lord: An Amanita from Forest Standards Vol 2 (Big Ego)

David Lord: Tubifera from Forest Standards Vol 2 (Big Ego)

Convergence: Traslacion from Convergence (self-released)

Barrage: O from The Was and Is To Come (OraFonogram)

S.D.B Project: Just Say It from Red & Blue (Improvvisatore Involontario)

Dave Meder: This Road from Passage (OutsideIn)

Bob Spice Quartet: Triage der Kopfe from In Der Schwebe (Trouble in the East)

Eric Revis: Earl & The Three-Fifths Compromise from Slipknots Through a Looking Glass (Pyroclastic)

Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani: Nouchka from Abrazo (ACT)

Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani: FT from Abrazo (ACT)

Marcin Wasilewski Trio & Joe Lovano: Vashkar from Arctic Riff (ECM)

Michael Olatuja: Leye’s Dance from Lagos Pepper Soup (Whirlwind)


Sunday, 27 September 2020

Playlist Sept 27th and 28th 2020

I.P.A.: Fem Skator from Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform)

Matt Ulery: Soup Talk from Pollinator (Woolgathering)

Marcio De Sousa Quintet: Rigor from Authority (Anuk)

WHO Trio: In a Sentimental Mood from Strell (Clean Feed)

Tim Garland: Thorn in the Evergreen from Refocus (Edition)

Graham South Quartet: Nobody Knows from By and By (Efpi)

Reza Askari: Firefly from Magic Realism (QFTF)

Espen Eriksen Trio: Dancing Demons from End of Summer (Rune Grammofon)

I.P.A.: Bamse from Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform)

Andrea Keller: Curates Monday Nights Live at the Jazzlab Vol 1 – The Composers Circle (self-released)

Trio Kontraszt: Different Divisions and Rags from Cryptic Scattered Images of Time Forgotten (BMC)

Peter Hess Quartet: The Net Menders from Present Company (Diskonife)

Esche: Auren from Unter und Uber Wasser (Jazzhausmusik)

Bjorn Marius Hegge with Fredrik Ljungkvist: Abacus from Live at Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm Vol 2 (Particular)

Espen Eriksen Trio: Back to Base from End of Summer (Rune Grammofon)


Sunday, 13 September 2020

Playlist - Sept 13th and 14th 2020

Christoph Irniger Trio with Loren Stillman & Nils Wogram: Open City from Open City (Intakt)

WHO Trio: The Mooche from Strell (CleanFeed)

Matt Wilson Quartet: Jabulani from Hug! (Palmetto)

Eric Hofbauer & Tony Leva: Chapter 1: Courting Madness from Book of Fire (Creative Nation Music)

Samuel Blaser: Six Huit Sur Sept from 18 Monologues Elastiques (Out Note / Blaser Music)

Cat Toren’s Human Kind: Ignis Fatuus from Scintillating Beauty (Panoramic)

Verneri Pohjola: The Dead Don’t Dream from The Dead Don’t Dream (Edition)

Danilo Gallo Dark Dry Tears: Bricks on Tilt from Hide, Show Yourself! (Parco Della Musica)

Samuel Blaser: Missing Marc Suetterlyn from 18 Monologues Elastiques (Out Note / Blaser Music)

OyvindLAND: Den Ensomme from Malerier (OraFonogram)

Rez Abbasi: Diminishing from Django Shift (Whirlwind)

Clover: Le Chemin (Vertueux) from Vert Emeraude (Yolk)

Tim Thornton: Forced from Little One (AMPMusic and Recordings)

Federica Michisanti Horn Trio: Qalb Il Verde from Jeux De Couleurs (Parco Della Musica)

Christoph Irniger Trio: Three Little Birds from Open City (Intakt)

Pokaz Trio: Slavonic Dance from Kitsugi (Losen)

Tim Thornton: Passengers from Little One (AMP Music and Recordings)


Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Jazz Today Online - Summer 2020

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Mihaly Borbely Quartet: Our Favorite Things from Grenadilla (BMC). Mihaly Borbely, reeds, flute; Aron Talas, piano; Balazs Horvath, bass; Hunor G Szabo, drums.

Jorge Roeder: Chabuca Limena from El Suelo Mio (self-released). Jorge Roeder, bass.

Potsa Lotsa XL: Max Bialystock from Silk Songs for Space Dogs (Leo). Silke Eberhard, Jurgen Kupke, Patrick Braun, reeds; Nikolaus Neuser, trumpet; Gerhard Gschlossl, trombone; Johannes Fink, cello; Taiko Saito, vibraphone; Antonis Anissegos, piano; Igor Spallati, bass; Kay Lubke, drums.

Linley Hamilton Quintet: Sure Would Baby from For the Record (Teddy D). Derek O’Connor, saxophone; Linley Hamilton, trumpet; Cian Boylan, keyboards; Mark Egan, bass; Adam Nussbaum, drums.

Andrea Grossi Blend Orchestra: Zephiro from Four Winds (We Insist). Rebecca Roda, Giancarlo Locatelli, Gabriele Fava, Manuel Caliumi, Massimiliano Milesi, reeds; Caterina Biagiarelli, flute; Andrea Baronchelli, trombone; Paolo Malacarne, trumpet; Michele Bonifati, guitar; Simone Quatrana, piano; Andrea Grossi, bass; Filippo Sala, drums.

Andrea Grossi Blend Orchestra: Xanthos from Four Winds (We Insist). As above.

Daniel Bingert: Cinco de Mayo from Berit in Space (Moserobie). Daniel Bingert, composer, arranger, conductor; Per Texas Johansson, Jonas Kullhammar, reeds; Karl Olandersson, trumpet; Charlie Malmberg, piano; Torbjörn Zetterberg, bass; Moussa Fadera, drums.

Xavier Pamplona Septet: Jo-jo Jive from Play The (Casco). Ziv Taubenfeld, Michael Moore, Giuseppe Doronzo, reeds; Alistair Payne, trumpet; Marta Warelis, piano; Raoul van der Weide, bass; George Hadow, drums.

Sebastian Gramss’ Fossile 3: Tame from 16 Tracks to Kill Time (Jazzwerkstatt). Rudi Mahall, clarinet; Sebastian Gramss, bass; Etienne Nillesen, drums.

Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet: Red Line Ballad from Blue Shots from Chicago (No Business). Juan F.G. Vinuesa, saxophone; Josh Berman, cornet; Jason Roebke, bass; Mikel Patrick Avery, drums.

Misha Mullov-Abbado: The Infamous Grouse from Dream Circus (Edition). Matthew Herd, Sam Rapley, saxophones; James Davison, trumpet; Liam Dunachie, keyboards; Misha Mullov-Abbado, bass; Scott Chapman, drums.

Jorge Roeder: El Suelo Mio from El Suelo Mio (self-released). Jorge Roeder, bass.

Pauli Lyytinen’s Magnetia Orkesteri: Teknojazz from Hypnosis (Eclipse). Pauli Lyytinen, reeds; Verneri Pohjola, trumpet; Eero Tikkanen, bass; Mika Kallio, drums.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Playlist - Aug 23rd 2020


Filipe Duarte: Janeiro from Room in the Middle (Shoebill Music)
Manuele Montanari: Blues for Gassman from Movie Medley (Dodicilune)
Kullhammar / Heikinheimo / Meaas Svendsen / Aaltonen: Reflections from The Father, The Sons and The Junnu (Moserobie)
Romano Pratesi: St. Jean from Frizione (DasKapital)
Thumbscrew: Composition No. 79 from The Anthony Braxton Project (Cuneiform)
Martin Wind, Philip Catherine & Ack Van Rooyen: Canter from White Noise (Laika)
Dave Glasser: Dilemonk from Hypocrisy Democracy (HereTiz Music)
3’AIN: Kraska from 3’AIN (Choux De Bruxelles)
Viktor Skokic Sextett Jazz from Basement Music (Jazzland)
Ran Blake & Frank Carlberg: Dr Mabuse from Gray Moon (Red Piano)
Ran Blake & Frank Carlberg: Round Midnight from Gray Moon (Red Piano)
James Copus: Straight Ahead from Dusk (Ubuntu Music)
Thumbscrew: Composition No. 157 from The Anthony Braxton Project (Cuneiform)
Matt Moran Trio: Chord Conversation from Return Trip (Diskonife)
Ainon: Obscure Dreams from Drought (WeJazz)
Chad Taylor Trio: The Shepherd from The Daily Biological (Cuneiform)
Filipe Duarte: Cancao para Guitarra e Contrabaixo from Room in the Middle (Shoebill Music)
Joe Fiedler’s Big Sackbut: Tonal Proportions from Live in Graz (Multiphonics Music)
Romano Pratesi: Spazio Aperto from Frizione (Das Kapital)


Sunday, 9 August 2020

Playlist - Aug 9th 2020

Convergence: Fast Lane from Convergence (self-released)
Dave Milligan: Parcel of Rogues from Momento (self-released)
Clover: Ou Sont les Oiseaux from Vert Emeraude (Yolk)
Dylan Jack Quartet: The Twelve Foot Man Part 1 from The Tale of the Twelve Foot Man (Creative Nation Music)
Gregg August: Sherbet from Dialogues on Race Vol 1 (Iacuessa)
John Scofield, Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow: Hullo Bolinas from Swallow Tales (ECM)
Humair / Blaser / Kanzig: Where Did You Sleep Last Night? from 1291 (Outnote)
Quinsin Nachoff: Violin Concerto I  from Pivotal Arc (Whirlwind)
Dave Milligan: Going Nowhere from Momento (self-released)
Danilo Gallo Dark Dry Tears: The Tree and the Water from Hide, Show Yourself! (Parco Della Musica)
Matt Ulery: Clown Drum from Pollinator (Woolgathering)
Ant Law: Our Church from The Sleeper Wakes (Edition)
Ant Law: Harvest from The Sleeper Wakes (Edition)
Humair / Blaser / Kanzig: Belafonte from 1291 (Outnote)
Andrea Keller Five Below: Suicidal Snails from Life is Brut[if]al (self-released)
New Bone: Nanga Parbat from Longing (CM Records)

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Playlist - July 26th 2020


Daniel Toledo Quartet: Fletch from Fletch (Audio Cave)
Houben & Son: Someone is Missing from 7/7 (Igloo)
Sebastian Gramss’ Fossile 3: Rack from 16 Tracks to Kill Time (Jazzwerkstatt)
Shimpei Ogawa & Noa Levy: I Get a Kick out of You from You, Me & Cole (self-released)
Ronny Graupe’s Spoom: Launching Pad 39B from Bridge Ices Before Road (Shoebill Music)
Laurent Rochelle Prima Kanta: Kan from 7 Variations sur le Tao (Linoleum)
James Copus: Early Hours from Dusk (Ubuntu Music)
Gato Libre: Ieneko from Koneko (Libra)
Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Black Woods from Stomping Off from Greenwood (Greenleaf)
Sebastian Gramss’ Fossile 3: Tame from 16 Tracks to Kill Time (Jazzwerkstatt)
Andrea Grossi Blend Orchestra: Zephiro from Four Winds (We Insist)
Andrea Grossi Blend Orchestra: Xanthos from Four Winds (We Insist)
Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski & Jeff Lederer: Corn Meal Dance from History Gets Ahead of the Story (Grizzley Music)
Ferdinando Romano feat. Ralph Alessi: The Gecko from Totem (Losen)
Leonardo Radicchi Arcadia Trio & Robin Eubanks: The Hope from Songs for People (Alfa Music)
Laurent Rochelle Prima Kanta: La Melodie du Tao from 7 Variations sur le Tao (Linoleum)
Martin Kuchen & Landaeus Trio: Old Harriot Hat from Mind the Gap of Silence (Clean Feed)
Emie R Roussel Trio: Maltagliati from Rythme de Passage (UNI Musiqc)
The Dave Ingham Group: Race to the Sun from A Sea of Green (self-released)


Sunday, 12 July 2020

Playlist - July 12th 2020

Christof Mahnig & Die Abmahnung: Zu Neuen Ufern from Red Carpet (Leo)
Jorge Roeder: Chabuca Limena from El Suelo Mio (self-released)
Eric Hofbauer & Dylan Jack: Nardis from Remains of Echoes (Creative Nation Music)
Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos: The Lydiot from Jazz In the Space Age (CARA)
3’AIN: Yana Bikes from 3’AIN (Choux deBruxelles)
AuB: Rufio from AuB (Edition)
Nathalie Darche: Berceuse pour Marion from Joue Geoffroy Tamisier – 15 Berceuses (Yolk)
Nathalie Darche: Berceuse pour Cloe from Joue Geoffroy Tamisier – 15 Berceuses (Yolk)
Kenny Warren Trio: The Air Conditioning from In the Heat (Whirlwind)
Giacomo Papetti’s Small Choices: Berceuse Triste from Awake (AUT)
JAF Trio: Ninth Row of the Fifth Floor from JAF Trio (We Jazz)
Jorge Roeder: El Suelo Mio from El Suelo Mio (self-released)
Hegge: Comfortably Dumb from Feeling (Particular)
Hegge: Buss 414 from Feeling (Particular)
Marie Kruttli Trio: Back to Blue from The Kind of Happy One (QFTF)
Shimpei Ogawa & Noa Levy: Love For Sale from You, Me & Cole (self-released)
Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet: The Fifth Mode from Crumbling (Jazzhausmusik)
Pierrick Hardy Acoustic Quartet: Avant Dire / Tamasaburo from L’Ogre Intact (Emouvance)
Thomas Agergaard & Thomas Haas: You from Double Drums (self-released)

Intro / Outro – Stephane Huchard: Jakawa Jungle Spoon from Toutakoustiks (Blue Note Fr)

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Playlist - June 28th 2020


Andrew McCormack: Prospect Park from Solo (Ubuntu Music)
Slow Is The New Fast: The First Thing I Remember from Slower (AMP Music & Records)
Marstrander Trio: Inside a Head from Old Times, Beautiful Boy (Losen)
Xavier Pamplona Septet: Jo-jo Jive from Play The (Casco)
Oded Tzur: To Hold Your Hand from Here Be Dragons (ECM)
Potsa Lotsa XL: Song in Orange from Silk Songs for Space Dogs (Leo)
Eric Hofbauer & Dylan Jack: Walking on the Moon from Remains of Echoes (Creative Nation Music)
Jason Palmer: A Lady and Gentleman in Black from The Concert: 12 Musings for Isabella (Giant Step Arts)
Shou: Per Trio from Improvisations and Short Stories (self-released)
Andrew McCormack: Dream Catcher from Solo (Ubuntu Music)
Damir Out Loud: 74 Steps from Earworm! (Shoebill Music)
Nice Chair: Fats from The Game (self-released)
Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio: Lady Choral from Nomad Trio (Skirl)
Dave Douglas: Cadillac from Dizzy Atmosphere (Greenleaf)
Peter Hum: Tears for the Innocent from Ordinary Heroes (self-released)
Omer Avital Qantar: Shabazi from New York Paradox (Zamzama)


Sunday, 14 June 2020

Playlist - June 14th 2020


Misha Mullov-Abbado: The Infamous Grouse from Dream Circus (Edition)
Adrian Loseth Waade: Fuglens Cabaret from Kitchen Music (Nakama)
Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet: Ghost Town Studio from Blue Shots from Chicago (No Business)
Sara Schoenbeck & Wayne Horvitz: No Blood Relation from Cell Walk (Songlines)
Potsa Lotsa XL: Max Bialystock from Silk Songs for Space Dogs (Leo)
Bruno Heinen Trio: What Happens Now? from Out of Doors (self-released)
Brass Funkeys: Uncle Thirsty from Crunch (self-released)
Patchwork Jazz Orchestra: Endless Stars from The Light that Shines (Spark)
Joy Ellis & Rob Luft: Rainbow Pictures (self-released)
Pauli Lyytinen’s Magnetia Orkesteri: Teknojazz from Hypnosis (Eclipse)
Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna: Internal Duality from There’s Still Life on Earth (BMC)
Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna: Cannon Canon from There’s Still Life on Earth (BMC)
Johannes Haage’s Drift: Darwin’s Blues from Darwin’s Blues (Shoebill Music)
Dave Douglas: Pickin’ the Cabbage from Dizzy Atmosphere (Greenleaf)
Misha Mullov-Abbado: Some Things are Just So Simple from Dream Circus (Edition)

Intro / Outro – Stephane Huchard: Jakawa Jungle Spoon from Toutakoustiks (Blue Note Fr)

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Playlist - May 24th 2020

Christophe Marguet: Dear Don from Happy Hours (Melodie)
Mihaly Borbely Quartet: Stony Broke from Grenadilla (BMC)
Christof Mahnig & Die Abmahnung: Eric’s Breakfast from Red Carpet (Leo)
Saxicola Rubi: Morgen from Ornithologismes (Linoleum)
Urs Blochlinger Revisited: Rudy the Pimp from Harry Doesn’t Mind (Leo)
John Law’s Congregation: Scandinavian Lullaby from Configuration (Ubuntu)
Linley Hamilton Quintet: Sure Would Baby from For the Record (Teddy D)
Maisemat: Cold Rabbits from Maisemat (Eclipse)
Nutria: Meeting in Progress from Meeting in Progress (Ears & Eyes)
Peter Rosendal with The Orchestra & Trio Mio: Petuko from Trickster (Stunt)
Superposition: Ballad No 3 from Superposition (We Jazz)
Saxicola Rubi: Midi Nonante from Ornithologismes (Linoleum)
Audun Trio: Happy Go Lucky from Elegy (AMPMusic & Records)
Tineke Postma: Freya from Freya (Edition)
Akagera: Jamal from Serpente (Prado)
Anne Mette Iversen Quartet +1: Cluster from Racing A Butterfly (Brooklyn Jazz Underground)